Last weekend was Rhinebeck! It was the first year that I actually got to go! Jolene, Larissa and Jackie and I headed up for the festivities.
Now don't get me wrong - I love the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival - but this place was magical. Just look at the setting!
The leaves were all changing to golden, orangey, and red balls of fire. It was just amazing.
Once we got over our initial awe and wonder of the place - we soon fell into the rhythm of the festival. Barns and tents of fiber and yarn were everywhere! I did buy some stuff, but I managed to be somewhat restrained... I think! More on what I got in a later post.
Meeting people was definitely the best part of this trip! We went to both Ravelry meetups during the day and also ran into people just walking around the festival. It was a great chance to meet some of the people face to face that I only know from blogland!
I was especially excited to see the awesome sweaters and knitwear on parade around the grounds. There were some amazing things! Click on the mosaic above to get some closer views of the sweaters!
Then there was the sheep and alpaca and llamas!! I love those wooly guys!
One of the missions for the trip was to get some fleeces for Cloverhill. We bought a variety of beauties and then took them to get processed at Zeilinger's.
On Sunday - we went to the authors tent to buy some books. I got the new Mason Dixon book! Here's the lovely Ann and Kay - with a bonus Amy!
I also got the new Yarn Harlot book, but even before we saw her at the book signing - we ran into her in the festival. Everyone knows Stephanie loves babies and she remembered Joe from the book signing we went to this summer!
Besides yarn and fiber...
there was an assortment of felted cuties like these Gnomies...
and there was food! Fresh Apples and sheep cheese and local wine were everywhere!
Can you believe there were still flowers in bloom everywhere too!
A big thank you needs to go out to my girls Larissa and Jolene and Jackie for an awesome weekend! (Jackie didn't join us the second day - so she missed out on these photos)
And we can't forget Joey!
More pictures and stories coming soon - I'll show you the gorgeous Vanderbilt Mansion that we stopped at... stay tuned!